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Thank you for the vote of Confidence

This weekend the Green Party of Alberta voted and I am very proud to be named the new leader. I take this honour very seriously and I consider it a priceless opportunity to affect positive change within our party, our province and our world. I thank all of you for your support and look forward to the exciting times ahead.

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Leadership Election

To be eligible to vote in this leadership election you must have a membership in good standing, purchased before or on October 4th, 2017.

Members can either vote in person at the AGM or cast their ballots online. More information on this to come soon.

We look forward to building this party together.

 

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Respect for Diversity

I chose this wonderful graphic to show the diversity of culture, gender and politics of the people here in Alberta. These diverse voices, all striving to live a good life in an amazingly blessed part of the world. As the leader of this party I will make sure to include this mosaic in all our policies and governance.

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Social Justice

This is a term that is often used but poorly defined and even more poorly implemented. It is, however, one of the core principals of the Green Party of Alberta. This is how we define it;

The key to social justice is the equitable distribution of resources to ensure that all have full opportunities for personal and social development.

How to we make this a reality? For starters, I look to the Doughnut Economicmodel for its overarching structure to guide us. To ensure that we are distributive by design and that we are regenerative by design as well.
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Policy Convention of the Green Party of Alberta

The motions to be debated and voted upon on September 30 will be sent to you at least a week in advance of the meeting.  At that time you will also receive a program for the day.

As a party member you are encouraged to participate in the policy-making process by submitting motions for consideration at policy meetings. If there is a policy area of particular interest to you, we suggest that you first review existing policy in that area. All current party policies can be found on-line at http://greenpartyofalberta.ca/policies/

If you decide to propose a motion, it must be submitted to me, Carl Svoboda, at president@greenpartyofalberta.ca no later than thirty (30) days prior to the policy meeting. For the September 30 meeting, the deadline is August 31.

Healthcare for Albertans

The current state of healthcare in this province has its share of problems and the fact that it consumes $21.4 billion of our tax dollars (which is approximately 40% of our annual budget), makes it a significant issue for all politicians to address.

Premiums were eliminated by the Stelmach government back in January, 2009. Up to that point we were paying annual premiums of $528 ($44 per month) for singles and $1056 ($88 per month) for families. Our population was 3.29 million in 2006 and is 4.067 million as of 2016, an increase of 23.6%.

Based on our current healthcare budget and our current population it costs each and every Albertan $5261/year.
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Our Technological Future

One of the main goals of the Green message is to protect our environment and mitigate climate change. To do so we will need to involve technologies, current and yet to be developed. If you have been following my Facebook page (and I certainly encourage you to do so) you will have seen a series of posts focusing on AI and other technological advances that I feel will be the tools needed in this quest.

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Turning Politics into Policy

While setting up signs with Martin Blake in the Greenway by-election last year, Martin made a wise observation about our party; our politics are only as good as the policies they are able to affect in the governance of our province or country. In other words, talk is cheap.

Another point that was said to me many times while campaigning in the 2015 federal election was that the Green Parties in general don’t have the ability or readiness to govern. Challenge accepted!

This has led me to one of the key elements in my platform; the Doughnut Economics model by Kate Raworth.

Her model dovetails perfectly with the Green Party of Alberta’s core principles. It also provides a road map to how our politics can become policy.

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